There’s no official announcement as of this moment, but it appears that word may be coming soon that the Nashville Predators are recalling forward Taylor Beck from the Milwaukee Admirals. The speculation comes thanks to this tweet from Milwaukee forward Mike Liambas:
— Mike Liambas (@mliambas) March 18, 2013
Assuming this is true, it looks like Taylor Beck will soon be playing his first game in the NHL. He put up 40 points (16G-20A) in his first season with Milwaukee. This year he’s the team’s leading scorer, having just notched his 41st point of the season after 50 games.
Here’s an example of the kind of play he’s capable of, from over the weekend:
Is this David Poile‘s response to the Sergei Kostitsyn meltdown against Edmonton last night? It’s hard to imagine it being anything else – and at least from my perspective, it’s a welcome move. The Preds have not really been competitive for the last month, and I’d rather see a young guy like Taylor Beck get a chance than someone who has failed all season to get himself together. The team’s chances of making the playoffs are already low, so he isn’t likely to be a detriment to the team. The next step is going to be getting Barry Trotz to actually put Beck on the ice – but just having the kid on the roster is a good start.
UPDATED (3/19/13, 9:40 am): It’s official! From the Nahville Predators’ press release:
Beck, 21 (5/13/91), leads the Admirals in points (11g-30a-41pts) and power-play points (3g-9a-12pts) in 50 games this season, his second full professional campaign. Yet to appear in an NHL contest, the 6-2, 208-pound right wing ranked among the AHL’s Top 20 rookies in both points and goals in 2011-12. Nashville’s fourth choice, 70th overall (third round), in the 2009 Entry Draft finished both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons ranked among the Ontario Hockey League’s Top 10 in points and goals with the Guelph Storm.